Stages of Hajj
STONING THE THREE PILLARS
Stoning the three pillars –the sughra, the wusta, and the ‘uqbah– is the last of the obligatory rituals of hajj.
RULES OF STONING THE PILLARS
1. Niyyat: the intention with sincerity and for sake of seeking the pleasure of Almighty Allah which may be said as follows: “I am stoning the First (i.e., Sughra) Pillar for hajj at-tamattu‘ to seek nearness of Almighty Allah.”
2. The pilgrim should stone the pillars with seven pebbles each with the conditions mentioned earlier regarding the stoning of the ‘Uqbah Pillar on the day of ‘Idd.
3. If one fears considerable harm in doing the stoning by himself in its required time, then he is allowed to appoint someone else to do the stoning on his behalf. The decision depends totally on one’s conscience.
4. While stoning the ‘Uqbah Pillar, it is recommended to face towards the Pillar with one’s back towards the qiblah; and while stoning the other two Pillars, it is recommended to face towards the qiblah.
COMMON MISTAKES IN STONING THE PILLARS
1. I have already mentioned that the elderly, sick, women, and weak ones who cannot stone the ‘Uqbah Pillar because of over-crowding on the ‘Idd Day are allowed to stone on the eve of ‘Idd instead of the day.
2. The crowd overflows at the pillars especially after the midday time. Therefore, the respected pilgrims, especially those who are elderly, weak, sick and women are advised not to go for stoning at times when the crowd is at the maximum; they should wait for the time when the crowd is thinnest like the early mornings. If they are able to do the stoning themselves, well and good. However, if they are fear that they will be hurt or face unbearable difficulty, then they are allowed to appoint someone else to do the stoning on their behalf. Nonetheless, if it becomes possible for them to do the stoning by themselves before the sunset, then they must do the stoning themselves.